David Zeisberger: A Life among the Indians

By Earl P. Olmstead; David Zeisberger | Go to book overview

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The Pasture of Light, 1776

WITHIN FOUR and one-half months after the beginning of the new year, Zeisberger was on the move to a new mission location. It was his eighth since he had founded Friedenshutten ten years earlier. No longer could he delay a response to Netawatwes, who, the first week in February, sent him another urgent plea to open a new village near his capital.1 Four days after Zeisberger received Netawatwes's message, he was on the road with five Brethren to choose the site of the new mission. They arrived at Goschachgunk on the evening of the tenth to a rousing reception.

Zeisberger gives an amusing description of the new Delaware (Goschachgunk) capital housing plot plan. The previous year Netawatwes had asked Isaac Glikhikan to lay out the native village, using Moravian schematic formal arrangements.

Their town lies on the east side of the Muskingum, just across from where the equally large Walhondink empties into it, is quite large but spread out, and consists, for the most part of huts. Although it was [originally] laid out and streets were marked off, I could not find a single street that was built to any degree of regular fashion; each

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